The debate moderators wasted no time delving into the left-field problem that has dominated the mayoral race this week: Does Eric Adams, who has been one of many front-runners all spring, even dwell in the town he hopes to control?
The candidates have been glad to pile on to Mr. Adams, to various levels, although after they acquired their photographs in, the controversy settled down significantly.
Andrew Yang, who has confronted criticism for having spent a lot of the pandemic at a second house north of the town, dove in like he’d been ready to be requested the query all day.
“I want to reflect on the oddness and the bizarreness of where we are in this race right now, where Eric is literally trying to convince New Yorkers where he lives and that he lives in this basement,” Mr. Yang mentioned. “He spent months attacking me for not being a New Yorker. Meanwhile, he was attacking me from New Jersey.”
The different candidates have been extra circumspect. Maya Wiley and Scott Stringer mentioned that they weren’t overly involved with the place Mr. Adams lays his head as a lot as they have been together with his insurance policies and whether or not he was being sincere with New Yorkers.
“It is absolutely clear New Yorkers want a mayor that is fully forthcoming and honest,” Ms. Wiley mentioned. Mr. Stringer, after wisecracking that “the only time I go to New Jersey is by accident,” turned the dialog again to his personal expertise in governing. “We need a mayor that will not rely on training wheels when they get to City Hall,” mentioned Mr. Stringer, the town comptroller.
Kathryn Garcia, equally, mentioned what mattered to New Yorkers was a mayor who “will be able to deliver on their affordable housing promises.”
Mr. Adams himself tried to place the matter to relaxation, utilizing the phrase “Brooklyn” six occasions in about 30 seconds. “I live in Brooklyn,” he mentioned with a broad smile. “I am happy to be there.”